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|Bodmin Moor and Cheesewring|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cornwall, Bodmin Moor|
|A 3.5 mile fairly strenuous circular walk on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The walk starts from Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, and heads out onto Bodmin Moor. The moor gives you the wild exposed landscape you might expect and the route takes you up and over the granite rocks to reach the famous rock formation of Cheesewring, before returning through the moor where you’ll see plenty of evidence of the copper mining that once thrived here. |
The walk follows tracks and open areas of Bodmin Moor which, as you would expect, will be very wet and boggy after wet weather so good waterproof boots are a must. The tracks are rocky and uneven underfoot and the climb to Cheesewring will involve a short scramble over large granite blocks. At this high point in Cornwall, the walk is very exposed so make sure you are well prepared. Bodmin Moor is home to free roaming horses, cattle, sheep and ponies so take particular care with dogs. There are no stiles or gates. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from ‘The Hurlers’ car park in the village of Minions. The free car park is marked with a brown sign and is on the main road through the village at the southern side. Approximate post code PL14 5LE.
|Car Park to Three Way Fork|
Start point: 50.5141 lat, -4.4562 long
With your back to the road, leave the Hurlers Car Park at the far left hand corner via the steps near the information board. Continue ahead in the same direction for just a short distance to reach a wide stone track. Turn right here and follow the stone track heading into the moor.
|Three Way Fork to Granite Cave|
Start point: 50.5205 lat, -4.4638 long
Take the furthest right of the three paths, a stone track which goes over the brow of the small hill and then begins to descend. Follow the path as it swings right and keep right on the grass path climbing with a fence on the right.
|Granite Cave to Cheesewring|
Start point: 50.5244 lat, -4.459 long
Retrace your steps for a few paces back to the grass slope and turn right to continue steeply uphill. Scramble over a few rocks to reach the fenced area of quarry ahead. Turn left on the narrow path running parallel to the fence and follow the fence round to the right. You will need to scramble over the large granite rocks here so just pick your route to continue the short climb to reach the Cheesewring rock formation.
|Cheesewring to Sharp Tor Road|
Start point: 50.5253 lat, -4.4597 long
Now with your back to The Cheesewring, facing directly downhill, pick your way through the granite rocks and continue ahead on the narrow grass path as it descends straight into the valley. Cross over the first grass track you come to and continue straight ahead, picking your way through the grass/granite landscape passing a collection of thorn trees on the left.
|Sharp Tor Road to Stone Wall Corner|
Start point: 50.5315 lat, -4.4611 long
Turn right along the road for just a few paces and then pass to the right of the fence line ahead and follow the path on the moor with the fence line running immediately to your left.
|Stone Wall Corner to End|
Start point: 50.5244 lat, -4.4544 long
Take a moment to look ahead and to the left where you will see more beautiful remains of the copper mining industry.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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